Cutaway Comics launches Doctor Who “Splinter Universe” comics project with crowdfunder for Eric Saward’s “Lytton”

Cutaway Comics - Lytton #1 Cover A
Cutaway Comics – Lytton #1 Cover A by Barry Renshaw

Cutaway Comics, an independent comic imprint based in Manchester, has launched its titles featuring worlds and characters from BBC’s ​Doctor Who – drawing them into darker recesses of a dangerous, unpredictable cutaway universe.

The project has launched with a crowdfunder for a new four part comic mini-series, Lytton, a new tale starring the intergalactic soldier from his creator, writer and script editor Eric Saward, with art by Barry Renshaw, that has smashed its original, modest target.

Cutaway Comics - Lytton #1 Cover B
Cutaway Comics – Lytton #1 Cover B by Brian Williamson
Cutaway Comics - Lytton #1 Cover C
Cutaway Comics – Lytton #1 Cover C – BBC image, by Colin Brockhurst

Offering a noir thriller featuring a popular character from the worlds of Doctor Who, the character is owned by the creator – one of a number of classic characters from the series who can, and in some cases already have enjoyed life beyond their original TV incarnations.

Mixing writers new to comics with experienced artists, Cutaway Comics aims bring a new perspective to characters using fresh British creatives.

“I was always fascinated by strips in the back of ​Doctor Who Weekly that didn’t feature the Doctor,” says publisher Gareth Kavanagh, one half of the publishing duo behind​ Vworp Vworp alongside Colin Brockhurst, the acclaimed fanzine chronicling the history of ​Doctor Who comics. “Instead, the monsters took centre stage – and the stories were terrifying.

“This is our homage to those unpredictable and wild stories with the next generation of talent.”

Cutaway Comics has been working with writers, artists and rights holders to deliver an ambitious chapter of storytelling with villains, aliens, and planets from the worlds of​ Doctor Who and beyond.

The first ‘chapter’ of Cutaway Comics includes a visit to author Stephen Wyatt‘s giant tower block of ​Paradise Towers, Bob Baker and the late Dave Martin‘s the rogue god ​Omega attempting to free himself of his black hole prison – and a dimension-hopping trip to 1970’s Soho in ​Lytton.

Cutaway Comics - Lytton Logo

Lytton made his debut in Doctor Who’s fan favourite serial, Resurrection of the Daleks. The comics is a brand new story written by his creator Eric Saward and featuring art from Barry Renshaw, whose credits include strips for various Futurequake Press titles. He has also illustrated Star Wars cards for Topps Cards and The X-Files cards for Upper Deck.

In this four-issue mini-series, Intergalactic soldier Lytton has swapped the battlefields for a jazz club in 1970’s Soho. If only it wasn’t for the strange noises in the sewers, rumours of vicious aliens in the dark alleyways, and a terrible sense of murder in the air, then everything might be perfect…

Cutaway Comics - Lytton
Cutaway Comics - Lytton

Eric Saward is a name familiar to ​Doctor Who fans for being a script editor for both Peter Davison and Colin Baker’s Doctors, and story writer, too.

“It has been an adventure pushing one of my own characters into this visual medium,” he says. “I’ve very much enjoyed seeing my characters take on a life of their own after all this time!”

Cutaway Comics - Lytton #1 - Sample Art
Cutaway Comics - Lytton #1 - Sample Art
Cutaway Comics - Lytton #1 - Sample Art

Further stories to come from Cutaway Comics include ​Omega: Vengeance, which sees rogue god Omega pulling the strings to escape his black hole prison – but will the society of Minyos fall as a result? Influenced by Greek mythology, the mix of cosmic and mythologic will appeal to fans of ​The ​Sandman and ​Promethea.

Cutaway Comics - Omega: Vengeance - art by John Ridgway
Cutaway Comics – Omega: Vengeance – art by John Ridgway

Omega: Vengeance is written by Mark Griffiths, whose children’s book series, ​Spy Toys (written under the pen name Mark Powers), has been optioned by Dreamworks, ​Omega also features art by the legendary John Ridgway, whose credits include the Doctor Who strip for Doctor Who Magazine, 2000AD and Hellblazer, as well as his own projects.

Following Omega: Vengeance will be a return to the world of ​Paradise Towers, a giant tower block with teenage gangs, murderous old ‘rezzies’, and underground whispers that might topple the tower block once and for all. “Think ​’The Thirteenth Floor’ meets ‘Halo​ Jones’,” says Gareth.

Written by Sean Mason, who has previously adapted ​2000AD‘s The Ballad of Halo Jones and Alan Moore and David Lloyd‘s Vfor Vendetta for the stage, the artist will be announced shortly.

Cutaway Comics Kickstarter for Lytton aims to raise awareness of the project (and it’s certainly done that!), offering exclusive perks such as digital copies and the chance for you to appear in a future ​issue in the series.

Cutaway Comics - Omega: Vengeance - art by John Ridgway
Cutaway Comics – Omega: Vengeance – art by John Ridgway

Beyond the comics, each issue ordered directly from the Cutaway Comics webstore will include an exclusive bonus DVD with the following content planned: video commentaries on the comic featuring artist Barry Renshaw and writer Eric Saward; an introduction to the series from Eric; new interviews with Eric and Barry; newly recorded audio commentaries for Gangsters, the series that shot original Lytton actor Maurice Colbourne to fame, featuring series creator Philip Martin and BFI Historian Dick Fiddy; a newly recorded audio commentary for The Caves of Androzani featuring Salateen actor Robert Glenister; plus deleted pages, and concept art.

As well as backing Lytton via Kickstarter, you can order Lytton #1 direct from the Cutaway Comics web site: www.cutawaycomics.co.uk

Keep looking on the Cutaway Comics website for more about this story, including the opportunity for artists to be involved

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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